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Romania’s Senate hosts “Parliamentary women from Romania and the promotion of gender equality as a national commitment. President Maia Sandu: Today, Moldova and Romania shape their destiny together, as part of the free world

“Women MPs in Romania and the promotion of gender equality as a national commitment” international conference, organized at the initiative of the Senate’s acting president Alina Gorghiu, and held under the aegis of president Klaus Iohannis, has kicked off on Tuesday in the Senate, with the Cantus Mundi Choir singing the state anthem of Romania and the anthem of Europe.

The agenda of the conference included speeches delivered by president Iohannis, the visiting president of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, the Senate’s acting president Alina Gorghiu, the president of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Grosu, the Romanian premier Nicolae Ciuca.

“The event aims to be an applied, convergent forum for debate at national and European level, which will empower the potential of women in Parliament, both in power and in the opposition, ensuring full and effective participation, as well as equal opportunities in the filling of leadership positions at leadership level in the political, economic and public spheres.

At the same time, the conference aims to identify legislative mechanisms that lead to the elimination of all forms of violence against women in the public and private spheres, including trafficking, sexual exploitation and other types of exploitation”, a statement of the Senate says.

 

Gorghiu: Solid actions are needed to encourage women’s participation in politics

 

Romania needs solid actions to encourage the participation of women in politics, more women are needed at the decision-making table because this represents the healthy path that ensures the correct representation of more than half of the country’s population in the Romanian Parliament, said Alina Gorghiu, acting president of the Senate, on Tuesday, at the opening of the “Parliamentary women from Romania and the promotion of gender equality as a national commitment” international conference.

“The subject of gender equality in political representation and beyond is a very important reform and can only be approached mutually by the political class. (…) The adoption in the near future of a declaration on the consolidation of gender equality in Romania in the plenary session of the Parliament of Romania and the establishment of a platform of female lawmakers from Romania will soon represent the formal framework to bridge the gap in the representation of women in public life. There are 17% female MPs, but we have all initiated important legislative proposals: we have imposed public integrity, fought against domestic violence using the right levers, supported families, helped those with illnesses or social problems, avoided conflict by adopting alternative methods of solving them, put forth regulations regarding the care kit for newborns, cancer, post-partum depression. That does not change the gender imbalance in Parliament,” Gorghiu told the conference.

In her opinion, when the decision-makers are 90% men, the candidate lists will “definitely” be 90% men,” and without gender quotas there will be no way out of this situation.

“Romania has its work cut out to secure equal access to public offices and the labour market. If we vote today for gender quotas, in 10-15 years’ time there will be no need for them, because there will already be enough women in Parliament and in local administrations, and women’s issues will be on the public agenda. We are halfway through the legislature. This is the ideal moment for changes in the electoral legislation. I am calling on my colleagues in the Chamber of Deputies to finish the debates as soon as possible on the law adopted by the Senate that provides for the introduction of a gender quota of one third for the less represented gender in the parliamentary election. There will be elections in 2024. (…) We have completed justice legislation, we are going to conclude formal education reform; European money is pouring in, we are paying attention to the problem domestic violence,” added Gorghiu.

 

President Iohannis: Measures for promoting women to key positions in all fields, but particularly in politics, must be sped up

 

The measures for promoting women to key positions in all fields, but particularly in politics, must be sped up, President Klaus Iohannis told the international conference “Romanian women lawmakers and the promotion of gender equality as a national commitment” organized on Tuesday at the Senate under the high patronage of the President of Romania.

“In a mature and inclusive democracy, women must be able to exercise their political rights and be represented at the highest level, so that their voice is strong when it comes to political decisions,” Iohannis said.

He went on to point out that a broad representation of women in Parliament and in local governments is a guarantee that their rights and interests are better protected, and the needs and problems they face in their everyday life are better understood and solved in the most appropriate way.

“We all want to live in a modern society, and for this we obviously need a change of perspective and mentality at the level of the general public. A modern society is one where stereotypes and prejudices related to the women’s duties and role in the family, economy and politics have been eliminated. Women must be treated equally to men in all aspects, including in private life, education or the workplace, so that the conditions are created to allow them to reach economic independence under conditions of equality. When attitudes and conceptions arising from outdated mentalities still persist in society, discriminatory behaviors are perpetuated and often ignored,” Iohannis said.

The head of the state also specified that one of the most serious consequences of gender inequality is violence against women, showing that greater efforts must be made to eliminate this societal plague. In this context, Iohannis emphasized the importance of education.

 

President Maia Sandu: Today, Moldova and Romania shape their destiny together, as part of the free world

 

The Republic of Moldova and Romania “shape” their destiny together, as part of the free world, Chisinau on the way to the European Union, and Bucharest “stronger” in the EU, the president of the neighboring country, Maia Sandu, said on Tuesday, at the international conference dedicated to women MPs organized at the Parliament Palace.

“For the first time since the Republic of Moldova declared its independence, the president of the Republic of Moldova, together with the president of Romania, join hands in the supreme legislative forum of Romania to come up with a common message to the citizens on both banks of the Prut. Today, in these extremely difficult times for everyone, the Republic of Moldova and Romania are not just joining hands, but shaping their destiny together, as part of the free world – the Republic of Moldova on the way to the European Union, Romania stronger in the European Union,” highlighted Maia Sandu, at the “Women parliamentarians from Romania and the promotion of gender equality as a national commitment” international conference.

She emphasized the important role that Moldovan women play in politics, adding that they enjoy the support of society, which appreciates, above all, the character of a man.

“Two years ago, some men in our political space said that a woman cannot win the presidential elections and that, in general, women have nothing to look for in politics. (…) Even if it is a challenge to succeed in a field traditionally dominated by men, more and more women from Moldova got involved and came to be respected for their abilities. In the Republic of Moldova, women are leaders in several spheres of activity, today they lead important institutions: the Government, the Ministry of Business Internal affairs, the anti-corruption prosecutor’s office, the Constitutional Court. Our women create and run successful businesses, become world champions in performance sports,” said Maia Sandu.

She specified that 40% of Chisinau parliamentarians are women, and approximately 200 city halls are run by women, which represents 22% of the total number.

“In 2023, there will be even more, because active women in the social and political life of Moldova have seen that it is possible. Some initially opposed the law on representation quotas, there were voices that said that women do not need of places established by law, but time has shown that these quotas are important to ensure equal opportunities, because equal opportunities mean equity, it means support so that valuable, determined, hard-working women, who have been kept away from the decision-making level, can contribute to the development of the country,” the president of the Republic of Moldova stressed.

 

Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: www.presidency.ro

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